Saturday, January 28, 2012

Let's Twist Again, 1961

Its been 50 years since Chubby Checker's Twist hit No. 1 twice on the charts (above video, Dick Clark's American Bandstand).

At lunchtime, I'd twist with my friends in the elementary school gym in Cathlamet, Washington, hometown of my youth. I was a tall, skinny kid with an attitude but I pretty much did what I was supposed to do. My mother was a teacher at the Big High School across the parking lot. But, I could twist! And, I loved my 45's that I'd tote around in a slick, blue patent leather carrying case like a purse. The smell of Sloppy Joes hung in the air while we twisted up a storm. With the cool, nonchalance of any 10 year old I'd flip my hair while casually glancing across the shiny linoleum at my First Big Crush. Could he be watching me? After graduating from highschool I moved far away and then many years later discovered that my First Big Crush is gay. And, I'm glad he's openly living the life he wants to live each and every day.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Leo Marchutz School of Painting and Drawing, Aix-en-Provence, France 1976-1977

Still Life of Fruit Bowl and Candle Holder
Oil on Canvas, 1977

Oil on Paper, 1976

Chez Pupat sur La Colline 
My studio apartment on the hill above Aix-en-Provence where I lived while attending
the Leo Marcutz School of Painting and Drawing.

Master Study
Charcoal on Paper, 1976

Portrait of me by a Portuguese artist I met while visiting the Algarve

The Algarve, Portugal
Oil on Paper, 1976
Portrait of a Girl in Blue Stripes
Oil Pastel on Paper, 1976
Watercolor on Paper, 1976

Gypsy Mother with Child in Aix-en-Provence
Oil on Canvas, 1977
Self Portrait
Watercolor on Paper, 1976
Teapot with Flowers
Watercolor on Paper, 1976
Van Gogh Study
Oil on Canvas Paper, 1976

L'homme Algérien
Oil on Paper, 1976
Mykonos, Greece
Watercolor on Paper, 1977

Portrait d'une Jeune Fille Triste
Charcoal on Paper, 1976

Cafe des Croquis de Gens
Charcoal on Paper, 1976